Vin Scully's letter to fans to start appreciation weekend at Dodger Stadium

“If you say, are you different on the air and not on the air, the answer is no,
“If you say, are you different on the air and not on the air, the answer is no," said Vin Scully. "I’m just me.”
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Vin Scully has written a letter dedicated to Dodgers fans that will be handed out before the game Friday night at Dodger Stadium, starting a weekend of events celebrating the legendary broadcaster's 67-year career with the team.

The first 50,000 fans will receive the letter as part of the team's Vin Scully Appreciation Weekend, which starts with Friday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Colorado Rockies. Pregame ceremonies honoring Scully will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a video tribute narrated by Bob Costas, followed by an on-field celebration of Scully's career emceed by Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner.

Special guests scheduled to make remarks include: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Dodger Chairman Mark Walter and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax. Scully will be joined on the field by his wife, Sandra.

Following the game, the regular Friday night fireworks will be set to the top calls of Scully's career.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Gates to the parking lot open at 4:10 p.m. and stadium gates open at 4:40 p.m. 

If you can't make it to the game, Scully's tribute will be broadcast live on AM 570 KLAC and televised live on KTLA, SportsNetLA and on SportsNetLA's Spanish-language telecast.

The festivities continue through the weekend. Scully's final regular-season home game will be Sunday. His last game will be Oct. 2, when the Dodgers play their main rival, the San Francisco Giants, at the Giant's AT&T Park.

At Saturday's 6:10 p.m. game versus Colorado the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a Vin Scully limited-edition commemorative coin. At Sunday's 1:10 p.m. game against the Rockies, fans will receive a commemorative edition of Dodger Insider magazine celebrating Scully's life and career. 

"No tribute we could conjure could do justice to the gifts Vin has presented the Dodgers during the course of his unmatched career," Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen said in a statement. "However, we believe we have created a weekend that will wholeheartedly honor Vin and enable fans to demonstrate their appreciation for a man who has meant so much to baseball and to all of us. Vin's putting poetry to baseball has connected him to our fans for nearly seven decades. His legacy will carry on for decades longer and will make him part of Dodger baseball forever."  

The Hall of Famer's 67 years of consecutive service with the Dodger organization is the longest of any sports broadcaster with one team.